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EAALS Internal Quality Assurance System for Enhancement

EAALS demonstrates an active approach to internal quality assurance. Feedback has, and continues to be sought and analysed to enhance the EAALS Quality Assurance and Accreditation procedures.  The EAALS procedures are set out in the EAALS Protocol:

The Protocol is divided into three sections

A             EAALS as an accreditation organisation

B             EAALS accreditation procedures

C             EAALS accreditation standards

The EAALS Handbook for the Quality Assurance and Accreditation of International Master Degree Programmes in the Life Sciences (2009) sets out the EAALS procedures and processes for degree programme review.

The EAALS internal quality assurance process to date has been as follows:

1.       EAALS has undertaken six peer review quality assurance audits of Master degree programmes within the EU. Following each one, feedback has been sought, both immediately post-review and following the agreement by the peer review team of the final text of the report. This comment and reflection has stimulated the revision and improvement of both the processes and methods employed in the EAALS Quality Assurance Framework and peer review process.

2.       Stefan Bienefeld, Head of the Quality Management Project, German Rectors’ Conference. reviewed and reported on the working structure and methodology of the European Accreditation Agency for Higher Education in the Life Sciences (EAALS).  His general conclusion was that:

the developed methodology and the set of indicators are in general terms compatible with the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)[1].

His report is dated the 30 April 2008.

3.       A meeting was held in Ghent on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 November 2008 attended by representatives of all organisations involved in the six reviews and representatives from other Erasmus Mundus degree programmes in the Life Sciences.  The meeting reviewed:

·         EAALS The Guidance Notes for the Quality Assurance of international Master degree programmes delivered by a single institution, and for programmes delivered by two or more institutions.

·         EAALS Framework for the Quality Assessment of International Master degree programmes delivered by a single institution, and for degree programmes delivered by two or more institutions.

·         EAALS Accreditation Criteria.

Positive criticism and valuable feedback was obtained from all participants. Issues discussed included the timing, length and process of the peer review visit, the EAALS Framework for the Quality Assurance assessment of Master degree programmes, the documentation required by the team and the expected structure of the curriculum in accordance with the Bologna Process, e.g. the need for learning outcomes.



[1] The ESG were developed by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European University Association (EUA), the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) and the European Students’ Union (ESU, formerly ESIB), which were adopted by the Ministers responsible for Higher Education at the ministerial summit in Bergen in 2005.